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Get a list of Wikipedia articles that link to a website.

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wikilinks

wikilinks is a Python command line utility and module that allow you to easily extract external links from Wikipedia that point at a particular website. It can be useful and interesting to see how Wikipedians have cited the content made available on another website. These links say something about the websites placement in Wikipedia, as well as the topics of interest in the website.

The wikilinks code was originally part of a much larger project called Linkypedia that was used to visualize the use of cultural heritage materials on Wikipedia. Linkypedia has since been shut down but perhaps this little piece of functionality could still be of use to you.

While Wikipedia's API allows you list external links from a given page, it doesn't (to my knowledge) have an API call to retrieve pages that link to a particular website. However they do provide the External links search page that lets you perform this lookup in your browser. wikilinks simply scrapes those results, for all language Wikipedias.

Install

pip install wikilinks

Use

Find links in English Wikipedia that point at the mith.umd.edu website and print them out as tab separated URLs:

% wikilinks --lang en http://mith.umd.edu
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Mastersplinter/Making_the_History_of_1989 http://mith.umd.edu/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Maryland_Libraries http://mith.umd.edu/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Walker222
http://mith.umd.edu https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryland_Institute_for_Technology_in_the_Humanities
http://mith.umd.edu/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Edsu http://mith.umd.edu
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Maryland_College_of_Information_Studies http://mith.umd.edu/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonia%27s_Line
http://mith.umd.edu//WomensStudies/FilmReviews/antonias-line-mcalister https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_Nutrias
http://mith.umd.edu//eada/gateway/diario/diary.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_Nutria_(Zuni_River_tributary)
http://mith.umd.edu//eada/gateway/diario/diary.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutrioso,_Arizona
http://mith.umd.edu//eada/gateway/diario/diary.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilee_Lindemann	http://mith.umd.edu/2008/01/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Keilana/Women_scientist_resources http://mith.umd.edu/WomensStudies/Bibliographies/ScienceBiblio/science-pt2
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Maria_Ford http://mith.umd.edu/WomensStudies/FilmReviews/S/some-nudity-burdette.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Log/2015_January_14 http://mith.umd.edu/WomensStudies/FilmReviews/S/some-nudity-burdette.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Colors_of_the_Wind http://mith.umd.edu/WomensStudies/FilmReviews/pocahontas-strong ...

Use as a Library

This example will fetch each Wikipedia article link to the mith.umd.edu website as a (source, target) tuple:

from wikilinks import wikilinks

for link in wikilinks("http://mith.umd.edu"):
    print(link)

Which would output something like:

('https://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amerigo_Vespucci', 'http://mith.umd.edu//eada/html/display.php?docs=vespucci_letters.xml')
('https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Monaco', 'http://mith.umd.edu/WomensStudies/GenderIssues/Violence+Women/ResponsetoRape/introduction')
('https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buenaventura_River', 'http://mith.umd.edu/eada/gateway/diario/')
('https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Kemble_Knight', 'http://mith.umd.edu/eada/html/display.php?docs=knight_journal.xml')
('https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klapperschlangen', 'http://mith.umd.edu/eada/html/display.php?docs=smith_map.xml')
('https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theater_(Bauwerk)', 'http://mith.umd.edu/theatrefinder/')
('https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Mastersplinter/Making_the_History_of_1989', 'http://mith.umd.edu/')
...

By default wikilinks will search all language Wikipedias. If you are only interested in links from particular language Wikipedias you can use the langs parameter:

for link in wikilinks("http://mith.umd.edu", langs=["de", "fr"]):
    print(link)

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